A unique housing program is coming to Robbinsdale. Advocacy group Clare Housing provides affordable housing for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The group is building a third facility at 36th and France Avenues. A ceremonial groundbreaking took place Tuesday afternoon for the Clare Terrace, a 36-unit apartment complex that will help people living with HIV or AIDS to live more independently.
"Our mantra is housing is health care and housing is HIV prevention," said Chuck Peterson, executive director of Clare Housing.
In Minnesota there are more than 7,500 people living with the autoimmune diseases. Half of these people will also fight homelessness.
"We have over 200 people on a waiting list that need affordable, supportive housing. That's why we're building Clare Terrace," said Peterson.
The building will include a 24/7 front desk security and support staff, but Clare Terrace will offer more than a place for people to lay their heads.
"Help folks get to medical appointments, get connected to services in the community that they may need, help with job training if their able to go back to work," Peterson said.
Residents will pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.
"The folks that we serve at Clare Housing are extremely low income. average income for our residents is somewhere between $600 and a $1,000 dollars a month," Peterson said.
Officials with Clare Housing said response from the community has been good.
"The city welcomed us with open arms and so it was a great opportunity to take our mission out to a new community," said Peterson.
The project cost about $8.1 million. Construction is expected to start in January and they hope to open the doors November 2015.
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